Should you animate a scene pose-to-pose or straight-ahead? How do you create a good breakdown drawing? When should you use an overshoot in your animation?
Toniko Pantoja, an animator, story artist, and director with a successful career working at studios like Dreamworks, Tonko House, Cartoon Network, and Studio La Cachette, answers these questions and tons more in a new self-directed educational package designed to introduce aspiring animators, and anyone else interested in the art form, to hand-drawn animation.
His package titled, The String Bing Workshop: The Complete Introduction to 2D Animation, is based on his own experiences and notes that helped him learn the hand-drawn technique. The core of the program are the 12 principles of animation formulated by “The Nine Old Men,” the animators behind the Disney studio’s Golden Age animated features. It’s a foundational approach that is taught at many animation programs, including Calarts, from which Pantoja graduated in 2014.